• How to Survive When You Want to Quit Homeschooling

    I was fed up. Like. Up. To. Here. The attitude. The tears. The whining. The chaos. I was done with homeschooling. D-O-N-E, done. Full of determination, I walked my daughter into the elementary school office and started the paperwork. This was not just one of those “I quit…but not really” moments. This was real. That same night, I sat in a required class for taking on a CASA child. CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate, is someone who volunteers to spend quality time with a child in foster care to make sure they are doing well mind, body and soul. (Read more about CASA here) I’m listening to the teacher…

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  • The Reason Why Your Husband Wants To Quit Homeschooling

    Here’s the common scenario. A mom discovers homeschooling and tells her husband. He’s on board. He thinks it’s a great idea. He gives her a budget and she goes happily off to purchase curriculum and homeschool room furniture. If she has older kids, they are stoked that they won’t have to wake up at 6 a.m. anymore to catch the bus. If she has little ones, they are happy they don’t have to leave mama everyday. The homeschool year starts off with a bang. Things don’t go according to plan…but what part of life ever does? But something happens along the first year of homeschooling. Somewhere her husband starts to doubt her…

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  • How to Homeschool When You Have Toddlers

    When I start each homeschool year, I have a moment. Or a few. Where I think that homeschooling will look like it does on Pinterest. But as soon as one of my toddlers asks for another sippy cup of milk or I get called to the bathroom to wipe a tiny butt…I remember that homeschooling when you have toddlers on the loose, no matter how disciplined you are…will never look like Pinterest. When your oldest daughter is having an absolute meltdown about math and she needs you (sometimes only for emotional support)…a toddler is bound ask you to clasp her princess dress together or put the password in so they can play…

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  • 6 Tips to Help Your Child Love Reading

    How can I get my kid to love reading? Why do some kids read more than others? Most parents want their child to love reading, but in a world of technology sometimes that’s easier said than done. Here are six tips to help your child love reading. 1. Learn their Style Captain Obvious tells us that children are not robots. They have their own likes and dislikes. They are their own little person. We have to learn their reading style. We can guide their book choices to some extent, but if you want them to love reading you will have to find a compromise between what you want them to read and what they…

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  • Four Tips for Dealing With Homeschooling on Your Period

    I have decided that the second day of my cycle needs to become a national holiday in my house. No housework, homeschool or exercise allowed. Only yoga pants and handheld devices should be permitted. The other night, an hour before I realized I was beginning my cycle, I had a meltdown how I wasn’t sure I could trust God. I cried pitifully to my husband that because of my past experience of being molested by a youth pastor, I felt vulnerable when trusting people who are supposed to be in authority. God is THE authority, so it’s difficult to remember that He is not like my abuser on normal days. And,…

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  • This Cheap Fix Saved My Homeschool Room

    I have a beautiful homeschool room. It’s like…super decked out. We have desks, a computer, organizational bins, and books. Tons of books. We have all the homeschool room toys that actually are useful. We even have a whiteboard! Why were we not using our homeschool room? My homeschool room was perfect, but they were not using our homeschool room. Sure the kids play in there, sometimes they do their art in there, and occasionally we did school there. And we do school every weekday. So, why do we opt for the bed or the couch…or even the trampoline to complete our homeschool assignments? For a while, I let it slide. I’ve been…

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  • Homeschool Toys That Are Actually Useful

    After homeschooling for a while, you start to know which of your homeschooling purchases were successful — and which were failures. Here is a short list of homeschool toys that are actually useful so you don’t waste your money on stuff your kids might not ever use. You might even already have some of these already! Introducing toys into the classroom is a great way to break up your homeschooling routine and add play into your curriculum. (Click the name or the photo to see the toy on Amazon.com*) Basic Counting (1-100) Chutes and Ladders Our Chutes and Ladders board game has seen hours of play time. Children are required to count…